Q. Can I contract HIV from unprotected oral sex?

Answered by
Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 07, 2018

Hello doctor,

I had unprotected oral sex and protected hardcore sex with a commercial sex worker whose medical status was unknown. After four weeks of exposure, I had breathing and stomach bloating problem. I am allergic to cold and the climate in our area considerably dropped. I consulted a doctor and got a blood test for asthma but results were normal.

In the fifth week, I got conjunctivitis, cough, and weakness at a time. The doctor gave treatment for conjunctivitis and syrup for a cough but still, I felt weak. Could you please brief on the above symptoms and I would like to undergo complete HIV test on the 90th day with results on the same day and doctor consultation for this. I am in a panic since that encounter of unprotected oral sex.

Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

Community Medicine Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Preventive Medicine Venereology


Welcome to icliniq.com.

The chances of transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by unprotected oral sex is almost nil unless there are bleeding wounds in both. This is unlikely.

The chances of transmission of HIV by protected intercourse is almost nil. The risk is almost nil.

You can go for HIV fourth generation tests and HIV 1 and 2 and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) now to be relieved of your anxiety.

You can consult any major hospitals for investigation and management. The symptoms are nonspecific.

It can be due to any simple respiratory infection or allergic manifestations.

It is unlikely due to HIV.

For more information consult a community medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/community-medicine-physician

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